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Culinary Cinema


The Naked Kitchen

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Mo-rae (SHIN Mina), crazily in love, feeds her husband Sang-in (KIM-Tae-woo) with a Korean egg dish on their first wedding anniversary. Then she closes her speciality shop for umbrellas and goes shopping for a gift. Memories of the new wave classic The umbrellas of Cherbourg comes to mind, but here in Korea the sun is shining and the parasol is opened.

In a gallery Mo-rae meets a good looking stranger who has just arrived from France. The incredible happens, Mo-rae has an unforgettable adventure with the attractive Du-re (JU Ji-hun).

As a second surprise, director HONG Ji-young is not afraid of letting the handsome stranger appear in the couple’s flat, he is the husband’s friend. He is from Paris and is to help the husband open a new restaurant.

HONG Ji-young tells the dream of a woman in love with two men, the perfect harmony as a modern version of ying and yang. One represents the ideal of the protector, the other a passion which must remain hidden.

“We live in a time in which sensitivity is rare”, states the director, “and everybody dreams of a secret romance.” Colourful pictures and good looking actors make this dream of a brilliant cook and diabolically good food worth watching.

Ki-chin is HONG Ji-young’s debut. She showed several short films at international festivals and worked on the feature film Antique, which ran at the last Culinary Cinema.

Republic of Korea (South Korea) 2009, 102 min


Hong Ji-young


Shin Mina
Ju Ji-hun
Kim Tae-woo